anxiety & depression testing

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anxiety & depression testing

The Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (H.A.D.S) is a screening device for measuring the severity of anxiety and depression separately. H.A.D.S can be used for all ages from adolescence upwards.

The H.A.D.S is a test which indicates whether someone is 'within the normal range', or in a 'mildly', 'moderate' or 'severely' disordered state in relation to anxiety and/or depression.

is it an accurate measure?

Yes. The Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale is a valid and reliable self-rating scale that measures anxiety and depression in both hospital and community settings. H.A.D.S gives clinically meaningful results as a psychological screening tool. It can assess the symptom severity and caseness of anxiety disorders and depression in patients with illness, and the general population.

H.A.D.S can detect the presence and severity of mild degrees of mood disorder, anxiety and depression using one brief questionnaire, comprising 14 questions.

what's the link?

Depression and anxiety can occur at the same time. In fact, it's been estimated that 45 percent of people with one mental health condition meet the criteria for two or more disorders. One study found that half of people with either anxiety or depression have the other condition. Although each condition has its own causes, they may share similar symptoms and treatments.

You know what's normal for you. If you find yourself experiencing feelings or behaviors that aren't typical or if something seems off, this might be a sign you need to seek help from a healthcare provider. It's always better to talk about what you're feeling and experiencing so that treatment can begin early if it's necessary.

Andy is a qualified, registered and licensed test user for H.A.D.S. The Hospital Anxiety & Depression Scale is a rapid questionnaire that can only be administered by a trained professional.

what are the symptoms of each condition?

Some symptoms of depression and anxiety overlap, such as problems with sleep, irritability, and difficulty concentrating. But there are several key differences that help distinguish between the two.

depression: Feeling down, sad, or upset is normal. It can be concerning feeling that way for several days or weeks on end. Physical symptoms and behavioral changes caused by depression include:

physical symptoms and behavioral changes caused by depression include:
- decreased energy, chronic fatigue, or feeling sluggish frequently
- difficulty concentrating, making decisions, or recalling
- pain, aches, cramps, or gastrointestinal problems without any clear cause
- changes in appetite or weight
- difficulty sleeping, waking early, or oversleeping

emotional symptoms of depression include:
- loss of interest or no longer finding pleasure in activities or hobbies
- persistent feelings of sadness, anxiety, or emptiness
- feeling hopeless or pessimistic
- anger, irritability, or restlessness
- feeling guilty or experiencing feelings of worthlessness or helplessness
- thoughts of death or suicide
- suicide attempts

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anxiety: Anxiety, or fear and worry, can happen to anyone from time to time, too. It's not unusual to experience anxiety before a big event or important decision. But, chronic anxiety can be debilitating and lead to irrational thoughts and fears that interfere with your daily life.

physical symptoms and behavioral changes caused by generalised anxiety disorder include:
- feeling fatigued easily
- difficulty concentrating or recalling
- muscle tension
- racing heart
- grinding teeth
- sleep difficulties, including problems falling asleep and restless, unsatisfying sleep

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emotional symptoms of anxiety include:
- restlessness, irritability, or feeling on edge
- difficulty controlling worry or fear
- dread
- panic

If you think you may be anxious or depressed, remember there's always help. You can call and speak with Andy at his clinic on 0800 612 2878 or email help@andygarland.co.uk.

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